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Once your attorney or you file your deed down at Albany County Clerk's, the county will upload your deed and send it to us. Our office receives the uploaded deeds between 2 to 4 times a month.
You would begin this process by speaking with the Town's Planner Ken Kovalchik.
New exemptions are due on March 1st of each year. Renewals are also due March 1st with the exception of Senior Partial Tax Exemption Renewals which are due by Grievance Day.
All fences require the issuance of a Building Permit. The cost of the permit is based on the length of the fence. We strongly recommend that a survey is used to determine the location of property lines before installing a fence. If a fence is proposed to be installed over a utility easement a permit will not be issued without permission from the affected agency to encroach into the easement. The Zoning Code as it relates to the installation of a fence can be viewed in Section 280-27.
All sheds do require a permit regardless of the size or if the shed is installed on a foundation. To issue the permit, the inspector must be provided with the length, width, and height of the shed as well as the proposed location for the structure. Setbacks for sheds are based on the size of the building. Sheds are only permitted in rear yards. The cost of the permit will be based on the size of the shed.
The NYS Uniform Code and Energy Code is effect throughout New York State. This collection of codes is based on the 2015 International Code series and is amended by the 2016 New York State Department of State Supplement. All standards outside of the ICC Codes are accepted as listed in the chapter titled Reference Standards. These standards include the 2014 version of the National Electric Code and the 2009 version of the ICC ANSI Standard for Accessibility.
All permanent signs, including panel replacements that are not identical to the previous design, require a sign permit. Temporary banners also require a sign permit. The following types of temporary signs do not require a sign permit: sandwich boards, political candidate signs, and real estate for sale signs.
Building permit applications are reviewed for code compliance in the order that they are received. Once a complete application has been submitted it could take up to two weeks for approval. The review time may be longer during the busy season (summer) or shorter during the slow season (winter).
The Building and Zoning Department is unable to accept credit card payments. Cash, checks, and money orders are an acceptable form of payment.
The deadline for the 2023 Early Bird membership discount is December 31, 2022. While the golf course is still open, you can drop off your membership at the Pro Shop or at the Guilderland Parks and Recreation office (located across from Tawasentha Park in the white building with the greenhouse attached). After the course closes for 2022, all membership applications and payments should be mailed to: Guilderland Parks and Recreation, 181 Route 146, Altamont, NY 12009, Attention: Amy Boyt or dropped off by appointment only.
If you have any questions, please call the Pro Shop at Western Turnpike Golf Course at 518-456-0786 or the Parks and Recreation Office at 518-456-3150. A 2023 Golf membership makes a great holiday gift! Gift certificates are also available at the Parks and Recreation office, Monday through Friday, 8 am to 3:30 pm.
Bring in two forms of identification to the Pro Shop. A utility bill or tax bill and your license or passport are sufficient. There is a $5 fee for the ID card. Please contact the Pro Shop at 518-456-0786, if you have additional questions.
The Town of Guilderland offers residents and non-residents the opportunity to purchase yearly memberships that permit unlimited golf, 7 days a week, for one season. The membership includes all league play, outings, and holidays.
We have an all-grass driving range with up to 35 spots to hit from. You can use every club in the bag as the range is 320 yards long. When you are done working on your full swing, you can use our complete short-game practice facility, including three practice greens.
We have 27 holes that are broken down into three separate nine-hole courses. It gives us the unique advantage of allowing more players on the golf course and gives our members and league players more variety to play.
We are open to the public. The golf course is open 7 days a week and we look forward to booking tee times, outings, and leagues to public players.
We currently have about 35 leagues that play at Western Turnpike. Please contact us if you are interested in joining a league or starting your own league at 518-456-0786.
Visit the Western Turnpike Golf Course website. It and has a multitude of information on it, including our rates, membership, and outing information.
The Town offers the following benefits:
Due to our requirements to adhere to the rules and regulations of Albany County Civil Service, we must first hire from eligible Civil Service lists. You can find additional information regarding Civil Service requirements and exams on the Albany County New York website.
The Guilderland Performing Arts Center (GPAC) summer concert series will be celebrating its 45th season in 2024. The Thursday night concerts are free and open to the public (donations are gratefully accepted). GPAC is located at Tawasentha Park and concerts begin at 7:30 pm. For more information, call 518-456-3150.
The Town of Guilderland is pleased to offer quality parks, programming, and cultural activities for our residents. As always, we look forward to your comments and concerns.
The 2024 schedule will be available in the spring of 2024. We hope to see then.
The pool opens around mid-June each year, weather permitting, and closes after Labor Day each year. The pool is open to Town of Guilderland residents and their non-resident guests from noon to 7 pm Monday through Friday, and 11:30 to 7 pm on weekends.
The fees for residents are $5 for adults, and $3 for children 5 to 14. Seniors over 60 and children under 5 years are free. Please bring an ID with proof of residency. Non-resident fees are $7 for adults, $5 for children 5 to 14 and seniors over 60 and children under 5 are $3.
For cash, check and credit card transactions (2.5% processing fee) residents can purchase passes at the Parks and Recreation Office, 181 State Rt 146, Monday-Friday, 8am-3:30pm. For cash and check transactions passes can be purchased at the Tawasentha Park Pool building during public swim hours - see hours above. Passes are available to Town of Guilderland residents ONLY- $125 for a family and $75 for an individual. Must provide Proof of Residency at the time of purchase.
The phone number for the pool and lost and found is 518-456-3150.
The Town offers lots of cold weather activities during the winter. Cold weather enthusiasts can take advantage of the town's park system, with sledding and snow tubing at the Winter Recreation Area (1/8-mile past the entrance to Tawasentha Park), snow-shoeing and cross-country skiing at the ungroomed trail system, or groomed cross country skiing trails at Western Turnpike Golf Course.
Dog license fees are as follows:
Dogs must be licensed yearly.
Dogs must have a current rabies certificate in order to obtain a dog license.
You can contact the Western Turnpike Golf Course Pro Shop at 518-456-0786 or the Parks and Recreation office at 518-456-3150. Golf membership renewals for 2024 are now available. For more information, go to the Western Turnpike Golf Course website.
Bring in two forms of identification to the pro shop. A utility bill or tax bill and your license or passport are sufficient. There is a $5 fee for the ID card. Please contact the Pro Shop at 518-456-0786, if you have additional questions.
Contact the Guilderland Parks and Recreation office at 518-456-3150. Leagues and organizations wishing to rent fields must fill out a Request for Field Permit (PDF) and a Leagues and Organization Agreement and provide an insurance binder prior to using the fields. The Town charges a fee for the use of the Nott Road fields (soccer, softball, etc.).
For more information, please see Nott Road Park Guidelines for Usage (PDF).
The Guilderland Parks and Recreation Department offers a half-day Summer Camp program located at Tawasentha Park, starting at 8:30 am and ending at 11:45 am for children 5 to 13 years of age. There is transportation available with pickups starting at 8 am The campers arrive at home around noontime. Campers may take swimming lessons as part of camp. Enrollment is limited on a first come first served basis for Guilderland residents. Students who are 14 or 15 years old may participate in the Junior Volunteer Counselor (JVC) program.
We also have a Students With Disabilities Day Camp, which operates in conjunction with the Guilderland Central School District. The camp's theme is to promote fun, physical fitness, social enrichment, outdoor life, and artistic creation. Bus transportation is provided for the 6 weeks of the summer day camp.
In addition to the Day Camp, we offer Sports Camps for every imaginable sports activity. From archery to football, baseball, soccer, lacrosse, cross-country running, golf, tennis, gymnastics, and volleyball. Many of our own Guilderland teachers direct these specialty camps at our community and school facilities.
The Town offers a wide variety of Enrichment Camps during the summer. From baking camps such as our very popular "Creative Cupcake Wars!" and "Books & Cooks" to exploratory programs such as "Archaeology - Roman Empire", "Under the Sea Camp" and "Zoology". There are several offerings for children interested in music, arts & crafts and video gaming. Many of our own Guilderland teachers and teachers aides instruct these specialty programs.
Summer Camp brochures, which include information about the Tawasentha Day Camp and the Sports and Enrichment Camps, are sent via backpack mail through the schools to Guilderland residents at the end of March and/or early April each year. Brochures are also available for pick up at the local libraries and at the Parks and Recreation office.
Brochures are also available online at our Recreation Website beginning in April.
Town residents can pick up Town Park/Transfer Station stickers at our office, as well as at the Town Hall and the Transfer Station. You will need your vehicle registration in order to receive a sticker. We also offer the following:
See our Tawasentha Park Pavilion Rentals page for the answer to this question.
The Parks and Recreation Department moved into its new building (the former florist shop) in January of 2007. The office is located across from Tawasentha Park, less than a mile from the corner of Route 20 and Route 146. The address and mailing address is:181 State Route 146Altamont, NY 12009
The telephone number is 518-456-3150 and the fax is 518-456-3156.
The office is open Monday through Friday from 8 am to 3:30 pm.
Pursuant to the Town of Guilderland Department of Parks and Recreation Rules and Regulations (Section VII) (PDF), all animals shall be kept on a leash at all times in Town parks pursuant to Town Code Section 120-19. Dog excrement shall be removed immediately and properly disposed of in a sanitary manner.
The Town opened the Dog Park at Nott Road Fields, a large fenced-in area where dogs can run off-leash and socialize with other dogs. The Dog Park is restricted to Town of Guilderland residents only and you must have a current dog license. Dog Park tags are available at the Town Clerk's office for $5. See Dog Park Rules for more information. Dog Licenses can be obtained at the Town Clerk's office at Town Hall. Dog park hours are 8 am to dusk. From late October until April, one section of the park will be lit until 7 pm The Dog Park is partially plowed in the winter to allow access and has benches and a picnic table nearby.
The Town parks and related sites are listed as follows:
For directions, please call the Parks and Recreation Department at 518-456-3150.
The Parks and Recreation page has numerous resources that will give you information on our parks and programs, the Town-owned Western Turnpike Golf Course, the Community Gardens, with links to forms, related websites, youth sports leagues, etc.
To find out about our recreation programs or register online, go to our Recreation website.
Tawasentha Park is open year-round from 8 am to dusk. Residents with a park permit are allowed to enter the park at no charge. Non-residents may be subject to a daily fee of $10 on weekdays and $20 on weekends and holidays, per vehicle.
View our Tawasentha Park Hiking Trails Map (PDF) and you'll find valuable information on the trail system.
Dogs are allowed in all Town parks and hiking trails. All dogs must be kept on leash at all times. Town regulations also require the removal of dog excrement from the trails and other park locations.
View the Community Gardens page for everything you need to know.
The Town of Guilderland Interactive Map uses a subset of the publicly available GIS data set. The Interactive Map uses two types of data: Base Map Layers and Dynamic Layers. Base Map Layers are always present and include features such as roads, and city, county, and town boundaries. Dynamic Layers can be turned on and off by the user. The dynamic layers are in two categories - Zoning and Environmental.
To access the interactive map, see our Interactive Mapping page to first acknowledge a disclaimer before proceeding to the map.
In addition to the Interactive Map, a printable version of the Zoning Map is available in colored and black and white format.
For questions regarding the Town of Guilderland Interactive Map, please contact the Planning Department at 518-356-1980.
Copies of reports are available usually 5 business days after the report is taken, during town business hours 9 am to 4:30 pm on the second floor of the police department, located at:5209 Western TurnpikeGuilderland, NY 12084
Accident reports are also available to purchase via credit card online.
If your accident was after July 18, 2018, your report can be obtained from CrashDocs
If your accident was before July 18, 2018, your report can be obtained from LexisNexis.
For more information visit our Records and Reports page.
Sex offender public notifications that are released by the Guilderland Police Department are posted on Offender Watch where residents can sign up for e-mail updates. Visit our Sex Offender page for more information.
Yes, call the non-emergency number 518-356-1501 and tell the dispatcher you are going away. The dispatcher takes a property check form which is turned over to officers who will check your residence or business periodically while you're away. You will be required to provide some information such as dates you will be away, names and numbers of contact persons, key holders, etc.
The Guilderland Police Department will assist with lockouts in emergency circumstances only. These include if the vehicle is running or if a child or animal is locked inside.
Effective January 2010, The Division of Criminal Justice Services (DCJS) no longer accepts inked fingerprint cards for civilian purposes such as pistol permit applications, employment, adoptions, and other applications. These fingerprints must now be submitted via live scan and only from agencies that participate in the civilian fingerprint submission program. The Guilderland Police Department does not participate in this program.
For information on locations to obtain live scan fingerprinting, visit L-1 Identity Solutions.
Yes. The Police Department has two individuals certified in car seat installation. Installation is done by appointment only. You can request a car seat install online or call 518-356-1501 to have an officer call you or fill out our online Child Safety Seat Installation Request Form.
Pistol permit applications are available during business hours on the 2nd floor of the police department during business hour and also available online by visiting our Records & Reports page. Please see the question on the new firearms law.
New York State has implemented the pistol license recertification portion of the New York State Safe Act. As of January 1, 2017, residents of New York State possessing a handgun license will now have to recertify their handguns every five years as per New York State Penal Law 400 subsection 10(b). A licensee is required to confirm certain information such as your name, the current address of your residence, your date of birth, and a list of all pistols and revolvers you currently possess. This also includes the make, model, caliber, and serial numbers of each pistol/revolver. Licensees who have a pistol license issued before January 15, 2013 must recertify their license before January 31, 2018. Failure to do so will result in a revocation of their license.
There are two options available for recertification:
All facets of this recertification are being handled by the New York State Police, local law enforcement and county agencies have no involvement. The New York State Police will be reviewing all recertifications and conducting audits accordingly. I was advised that pistol licenses may be reviewed as a result of these recertifications. There are no fees associated with this recertification. Any questions regarding the New York State Safe Act can be answered by calling 855-LAW-GUNS (855-529-4867).
Traffic court is held on Monday evenings at 5:30 pm and criminal court is Thursday evenings at 5:30 pm
Citizens often call the police department in regard to matters that must be addressed by the court. The police department can not adjust or change any court appearance, adjust any fine, or dismiss charges against a defendant. All such issues must be addressed by calling the court at 518-356-1980.
Call the Guilderland Police Department non-emergency number at 518-356-1501. The call will be referred to the Traffic Safety Unit. You may also send a non-urgent message to the Traffic Safety Unit. We may try various methods for compliance including setting up a speed sign and increasing patrols in the area.
The first step is to get on a certified civil service list for Albany County. Please check the Albany County Civil Service website for details and exam announcements. The Guilderland Police also accept lateral transfers. Please refer to the Employment page for information and to download an application.
The Guilderland Police Department no longer provides photo IDs. Non-driver photo IDs can be obtained through the New York State Department of Motor Vehicles for persons of any age who do not have a driver's license.
Town of Guilderland Local Law 1 (1972) regulates on-street parking for snow removal purposes. Between November 1 to April 1, during the hours of 2 to 7 am, there is no parking on town roads.
Yes, under Local Law 4-1984 (Subpart 18 of the 1974 Code) you are required to obtain an alarm permit (PDF) prior to any installation of an emergency alarm in the Town of Guilderland.
Nixle is a community information service that alerts you to emergencies as well as important community information via cell phone texts, email and the web. The Guilderland Police provide these alerts through Nixle. Alerts are also published on Twitter and Facebook.
Nixle is free. It is important to note however standard text messaging rates may apply by your phone carrier. Most data plans include unlimited texting and if this is true for you then you will not be charged additionally by your phone carrier. If you are limited to the number of texts you receive each month you may wish to only sign up for email alerts and notifications.
There are three types of notifications:
Alerts and advisories are sent via text and email. Community information is sent by email only. You can further customize how alerts are delivered by logging into your Nixle account.
This will vary depending on the number of notifications published. The service is simple to change SMS (text) and email options by logging into your Nixle account and adjusting how you want to receive notifications.
Simply log into your Nixle account and use the "Settings" tab to configure how messages are delivered and what agencies you wish to subscribe to.
Yes, log into your Nixle account and customize what time you do not wish to receive alerts.
Compose a new text message. In the "To:" field type "888777". Type "ALERTMEGPD" (not case sensitive, but all one word) into the message field and send. You will receive a confirmation you are signed up.
Sprint often disables access to all short codes (5- and 6-digit phone numbers) from their handsets. If you are a Sprint customer, and you receive a message such as "Message Failed. Shortcode may have expired or shortcode texting may be disabled," you may need to contact Sprint to enable your phone to send and receive messages from short codes. Nixle uses the 888777 short code to send you timely messages.
You may contact Sprint by dialing "*2" on your cell phone or visiting Sprint's website.
No, Nixle does not track users.
Go to Nixle's retrieve your password page and enter your email address or phone number and a new password will be sent to you immediately. If you receive messages from Nixle by phone, text "PASSWORD" to 888777, and Nixle will text you your new password.
Before unsubscribing consider logging into your Nixle account and adjusting the agencies you are subscribed to and how you receive the messages. To do this login and click "Settings".
You also have the option to eliminate all SMS messages under the "account" tab should you wish to completely unsubscribe.
If opted in to texts only you may also text "STOP" to 888777 to unsubscribe.
If you have a concern or question about a Town department, never hesitate to contact the Town Supervisor at 518-356-1980. The Supervisor will make every effort to answer your question, resolve your issue, or explain a procedure. If needed, he will contact the department in an effort to resolve your particular issue or receive a more detailed explanation.
Agenda item requests must be submitted in writing to the Town Supervisor at least two weeks prior to a scheduled Town Board meeting and should be accompanied by any appropriate background material. Items are placed on the agenda at the discretion of the Town Supervisor. If the item concerns a proposed local law, it must be sponsored by a member of the Town Board.
The Town Supervisor welcomes visitors to Town Hall and will make every effort to meet with them and respond to their concerns. If you know ahead of time when you will be visiting Town Hall, please call his office at 518-356-1980 to schedule an appointment to ensure that he will be available when you arrive.
Meeting rooms are available to be used at Town Hall, however, must be reserved ahead of time in order to avoid any conflict with other Town meetings. If you would like to check on the availability of a meeting room and receive more details about the capacity of those rooms, please call the Town Supervisor's office at 518-356-1980.
That is helpful information and may be reported to the Supervisor's Office by calling 518-356-1980. You will need to provide the exact location and the pole number if possible. National Grid will then be notified.
Tax bills can be viewed and printed on the TaxLookup website.
Taxes can be paid on the Online Payments page (third-party vendor fees apply).
Tax office staff can mail, fax, or email the information to you. Just call 518-356-1980.
Yes, the failure to mail a statement or the failure of a property owner to receive a statement will not affect the validity of the taxes or interest prescribed by law (New York State Real Property Tax Law Section 922.) It is the responsibility of the property owner to know when taxes are due and payable. In addition, neither the Receiver of Taxes nor any other official has legal authority to waive statutory interest charges. Interest charges are fixed by the Real Property Tax Law.
New York State Real Property Tax Law Section 925, provides as follows: "Payment of taxes by mail, when enclosed in a postpaid wrapper (envelope) properly addressed to the appropriate collecting officer and deposited in a post office or official depository under the exclusive care and custody of the United States Post Office shall, upon deliver, be deemed to have been made to such officer on the date of the United States Postmark on such wrapper. The provisions of this section shall not apply in the case of postmarks not made by the United States Post Office. A postage meter postmark is not a postmark made by the United States Post Office and, therefore, is not within the provisions of Real Property Tax Law Section 925. Payments cannot be deemed timely because of a postage meter postmark date on an envelope containing a tax payment (Op. New York State Comptroller 69-170).
If taxes are not received until after the due date, they are not paid until after the due date unless they fall squarely within the provisions of Section 925 of the Real Property Tax Law, and the interest must be added and collected. No Town official or employee can waive the interest (Op. New York State Comptroller 68-626.)
In general, taxes cannot be made in installments. This is an option that would have to be adopted first by Albany County, and then by the Town of Guilderland and School Districts. If it were to be adopted by the school districts, all four school districts within the Town would have to adopt it. However, Senior Citizens who currently have a Senior Citizen's Exemption, Section 467 of the Real Property Tax Law, (not to be confused with the STAR Exemption), can make installment payments on the General Property Tax bill in January. It has to be made in two equal installments, the first not later than February 1, and, provided that the first installment has been paid, the second, with interest as determined pursuant to Section 924-a, shall be paid prior to April 1. Again, this is the only type of installment payment that can be made. It applies only to residents who currently have a Senior Citizen (Aged) Exemption and only on the January General Tax bill.
Collection authority cannot begin prior to the date of the warrant. The warrant constitutes the authority for the collecting officer to receive tax payments. Therefore, the warrant must be regarded as the instrument, which empowers the collecting officer to begin the collection. The Albany County Department of Finance has dated the annual Property Tax Warrant on the last business day of December. Therefore, those wishing to pay the January bill for a previous year's tax credit may do so by contacting the Guilderland Tax Office.
All dogs four months of age or older residing within the Town of Guilderland must be licensed as a matter of public safety.
You can license your dog by mail by sending in:
Apostilles or Certificates of Authentication are available through the New York State Secretary of State.
Please contact the Secretary of State at 518-474-4770 or visit the New York - Department of State website.
Paperwork for a DBA is available on the Albany County Clerk's website.
Completed paperwork is filed with the Albany County Clerk's office.
The Albany County Clerk can be reached at 518-487-5100.
Please bring your car registration for the vehicle you will be using that shows your Guilderland address.
Please note: PO Box addresses are not acceptable. If your car registration has a P.O. Box address, please bring a utility bill with your address.
No permit is required to hold an occasional, personal garage sale in the Town of Guilderland. For further information regarding garage sale regulations, contact the Building department at 356-1980.
When you register your tag, you will be prompted to select either an automatic credit card replenishment or a check or cash replenishment.
There are 15 states, including NY, in the E-ZPass network, consult your E-ZPass brochure.
No. E-ZPass On-the-Go tags are for 2-axle passenger vehicles and private use only. To enjoy E-ZPass saving in your business or commercial vehicle, download an E-ZPass business application by visiting the E-ZPass website and selecting E-ZPass information.
Yes. E-ZPass On-the-Go tags make excellent gifts for any occasion. You can buy the tag and give it to anyone to register at a later date.
Yes, Your statement will detail all trips by date, location, toll amounts, as well as any payments made.
The NY State Vehicle and Traffic Law defines the permanent disabilities that qualify. If you have a permanent disability that allows, you can get vehicle plates for reserved parking from the DMV or a parking permit from your local government. It is illegal to park in a parking space reserved for persons with disabilities if you do not have the correct vehicle plates or parking permits. You can use the vehicle plates or parking permit in New York State and most other states.
You and your healthcare provider must complete the Application for a Parking Permit or License Plates for Persons with Severe Disabilities (PDF) (MV-664.1) available below.
You also can have your healthcare provider (MD, DO, DPM, or NP) complete a statement on their letterhead. According to the law, the information must describe the disabling condition and verify that the disability qualifies. Bring the completed form or letter to Guilderland Town Hall, Town Clerk's Office.
There is no fee for a permit. Remember that the DMV does not issue parking permits.
Please note: If renewing a blue permanent disability tag that was initially issued by the Town of Guilderland, you only need to present a Driver's License AND the Expired/Expiring Tag. An applicant or their representative can fill in the top section of the Department of Motor Vehicles form while at Town Hall. You do not need to revisit your physician.
No, The scales close every day at 3:30 pm.